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Emyr Huws didn’t enjoy the best of weekends as Birmingham’s hopes of avoiding relegation took a double blow.

It was anything but Good Friday as Blues lost 1-0 to Nottingham Forest and then went down 4-2 to Blackburn Rovers on Easter Monday with Huws playing a full 90 minutes in each game.

Lee Clark’s side now have three games to beat the drop and will probably need to win at least two of those games to avoid the drop – Albert Rusnak continues to wait for a recall to the first-team squad.

Gareth Barry was again at his dependable best as Everton beat Manchester United 2-0 in what proved to be David Moyes’ last game in charge of the Reds.

Barry continued to press his late calls for an England recall as the Toffees recovered from their shock 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace just over a week ago – Barry played just shy of an hour against the Eagles before being replaced by Leon Osman.

John Guidetti’s Potteries stay has not been as fruitful as the Swedish striker may have hoped and he failed to even make the bench as Stoke drew 1-1 with Cardiff.

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Local paper The Sentinel reported: “John Guidetti, who made the last of his six substitute appearances at the end of March, drifted even further out of the reckoning after failing to make the bench in order to accommodate Assaidi.

“Boss Mark Hughes explained: ‘It was a tough call. I just wanted Ossie there and Jon Walters as well.

‘It's unfortunate John missed out and it has been difficult for him, but he will get opportunities in the last three games, I hope.’”

Wrapping up our loaned Premier League stars, Scott Sinclair was not eligible to face City as West Brom were beaten 3-1 at the Etihad on Monday evening.

George Evans was left out of Crewe’s Easter matches during which The Railwaymen beat Shrewsbury 3-1 and drew 0-0 with Colchester to just keep their noses out of the bottom four in League One.

Liam Nolan has got the nod in midfield ahead of Evans who wasn’t on the bench for either game.

Karim Rekik’s PSV weren’t in action in the Dutch Eredivisie and there was no game for Eirik Holmen Johansen, currently on loan with Norwegian side Sandefjord.

Finally, Alex Henshall was again not involved in either of Ipswich Town’s Easter matches during which the Tractor Boys lost 3-1 to Watford and drew 2-2 with Bournemouth.  

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